PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 18th

Carly_Fiorina_by_Gage_SkidmoreIt’s Friday in New Jersey, where fallout and discussion about Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate continues

Sweeney Fires Back Following Christie’s Comments Against Senate
Following Governor Chris Christie’s performance at the second GOP presidential debate Wednesday night, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) caught up with PolitickerNJ in Atlantic City to offer his thoughts on the Governor’s comments regarding the legislature. Christie took the opportunity on the debate stage to bill himself as a long-time outlier and adversary against the Democratic state Senate.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Report: NJ Debt Hits $52,300 Per Taxpayer
New Jersey ranks worst in the country for state debt, according to a new nationwide study highlighted by NJ Watchdog.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Campaign Nuggets 2015: The Developing Legislative Strategies
As the state begins to accelerate toward November 3rd Election Day, the two sides are beginning to zero in on those districts designed to remove pressure from the real battlegrounds.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Why is Hillary Clinton Support so Strong Among NJ Dems?
With New Jersey’s current reputation of leaning heavily toward the Democratic Party, it is easy to forget that in 1992—when Bill Clinton was seeking his first term in office—the state was a critical swing state. So critical in fact that the last stop Clinton made on his 1992 presidential campaign trail was in East Rutherford.
Alyana Alfaro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Union County Conflagration: the Implications of Murphy’s Cranford Headliner
Phil Murphy, the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany who wants to be governor in 2017, is diving into that brutal hornet’s nest of Democratic Party politics otherwise known as Union County.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Newark Source: Keep an Eye on Barakaworld’s Cooper
There is considerable speculation in Newark this afternoon about the political future of Tai Cooper, the policy director for Newark Mayor Ras Baraka who has made significant strides in her career since leaving the office of the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) nearly a decade ago.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Could Keady Reemerge Next Year in CD4? Dem Insiders Hope So
There was Marie Corfield, the public school teacher who attempted to school Gov. Chris Christie in a town hall forum and in the process picked up 15 minutes of fame, which she proceeded to stretch into 45 minutes of fame.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

DACC Backs up Eustace and Lagana with TV Spot in LD38
Democrats this week began intensifying their presence in LD38, one of three districts statewide seen as competitive in this year’s legislative cycle.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Agent Orange: Lesniak Versus DiVincenzo Developing in West Essex Mayor’s Race
A judge today denied former Assemblyman Willis Edwards‘ appeal to keep his job in the City of Orange. He’s got to clear out his desk and vacate his job as deputy business administrator by tomorrow.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

New Jersey FMBA Endorses 2015 Legislative Candidates
The New Jersey State FMBA, representing over 5,000 career firefighters, dispatchers, and EMTs used the occasion of their statewide convention in Atlantic City to consider and act on endorsements for candidates running for the New Jersey General Assembly in this November’s elections. The endorsements came after convention delegates heard from more than 20 legislators and candidates that accepted the NJFMBA’s invitation to attend.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Christie Heading to South Carolina Tomorrow
As New Jersey insiders assess Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential candidacy with hard-nosed cynicism and see the New Hampshire Primary as his firewall contest, a polls-ravaged Christie is nonetheless pressing forward with a post-New Hampshire campaign presence, according to his schedule released today by the Christie Campaign.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Christie, PILOT Bill Loom Large for Pols at Opening of Atlantic City Convention Space
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) joined Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) at the opening of the Harrah’s Casino’s new convention center Thursday, where local officials are hoping they can spur investment by luring in large-scale corporate conventions to the ailing former gaming capital.
JT Aregood, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Prosecutor Suarez Sworn into History In Hudson County
The first woman and Hispanic to hold the position, former Judge Esther Suarez took the oath of office this evening in Jersey City as the new Hudson County prosecutor.
Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ, Read more

Elected Officials, Political Strategists React to Second GOP Debate
Once again, an NJTV watch party brought together politicians, strategists, and NJTV editorial staff.
Michael Aron, NJTV News, Read more

N.J.’s Menendez trial delayed for up to a year
A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday pushed back the trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez for as much as a year to provide time for appeals of motions filed with the court.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com, Read more

New money for roads would spark N.J. economy & help motorists: biz leaders
Representatives from government and the construction and auto industries were united in beating the drum for new revenue to refill the Transportation Trust Fund at a statewide business summit Thursday, saying refurbishing New Jersey’s roads is needed to spark economic growth and spare motorists high vehicle maintenance costs.
Samantha Marcus, NJ.com, Read more

‘This is the face of immigration,’ Hudson County prosecutor says at swearing in
Hudson County’s new chief prosecutor was ceremonially sworn in today in front of an audience of 300, and used her remarks to defend immigration at a time when undocumented immigrants are the target of Republican presidential contenders.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal, Read more

County exec, mayor defend McGreevey, call for changes in system
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Mayor Steve Fulop today defended former Gov. Jim McGreevey, one day after The Jersey Journal reported on McGreevey’s four-month stint as a county attorney that led to lifetime health benefits paid for by county taxpayers.
Terrence T. McDonald, The Jersey Journal, Read more

Christie uses his top GOP debate moment to raise campaign cash
Gov. Chris Christie wasted no time Thursday trying to cash in on his seminal moment in the second Republican presidential debate.
Jonathan D. Salant, NJ.com, Read more

GWB inquiry: Attorney prosecuting ex-Christie aides asks judge to delay civil case against them
The United States Attorney prosecuting the criminal case against three top allies of Gov. Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal is asking a federal judge presiding over a class action lawsuit against the three former officials to allow him to intervene in the civil case and delay it until the criminal case is completed.
Jim Norman, The Record, Read more

Christie scores in presidential debate
It won’t help much, with his poll numbers scraping bottom at 1 percent. But during a three-hour Republican presidential debate Wednesday night peppered with enough petty sniping to make one wonder where all the leaders have gone, Gov. Chris Christie often sounded like one of the adults in the room, chiming in from his corner spot on the stage to add some much-needed perspective.
Asbury Park Press, Read more

New Jersey seeks to block appeal in Exxon settlement
A New Jersey court considering whether to let environmental groups and a Democratic state senator intervene in the state’s $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil should block their efforts, the governor’s administration said in a court filing this week.
Associated Press, Read more 

PolitickerNJ News Digest: Sept. 18th